A Few of My Favorite {Summer} Things

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I haven’t done one of these posts in a while. Like a loooong while. But I LOVE to know my friends’ favorite things!!! And since you’re my friends, I can’t let you go on one more hottie than the devil’s armpit-summer day, without sharing with you some of my favorite things!

We’ve had the best summer so far! It feels like the kids literally just got out of school, and here we are half way through the summer. I just bought Selah’s bookbag and lunchbox for KINDERGARTEN. Hold me…..I can’t take it. She wanted it to be fairies. Is that not the cutest? These mom and me matching swimsuits are the cutest. I don’t see our exact suits anymore, but here is one that is very similar.

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We had the best time at the beach. You know we go to Oak Island, NC every year and it’s our absolute FAVORITE. Give me a chair, book, and the beach and I’ll be your friend forever. It’s my happy place for sure. It was our foster son’s second beach trip and he was living his best life. We had so much fun! For sure, a summer highlight!

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My kids were finally old enough to enjoy every second. We’re the kind of people who go on the beach after breakfast and stay until supper. They played ALL DAY long, and I sat in my chair and read the whole week. Brandon played in the ocean with them (because I don’t go in deeper than my ankles, let’s be real). It was our best trip yet. I’m sure of it.

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Can’t wait for you to see that handsome face soon. We still don’t have an adoption date yet, but it’s coming soon and WE CAN’T WAIT!

Okay, for the favorite things…

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Are you ready? They’ll change your life and you can thank me later!

  • These sandals I wear EVERY SINGLE DAY. I’m not lying. They match everything and they’re my favorite forEVA! Size down though, they run big.

  • Y’all know I’m all about that summer tan. I promise you this is the best sunless tanner I’ve ever used! Easy to apply, doesn’t streak, isn’t orange, and dries SO FAST. Go get ya sum, girl!

  • I take communion almost every day. It’s changed my life. I’m almost done reading this book and love it so much. If you wonder why communion is important,

  • My sister was wearing these earrings at church one Sunday and I fell in love. You will too.

  • You know we’re getting ready for another baby…I started using this ON MYSELF it smelled so good. It’s like summer in a bottle.

  • Got these and these for the nursery. In love.

  • Drinking my coffee out of this mug in the mornings makes me so happy. It’s like a commercial when I pour in the creamer. (Almond milk of course.)

  • My favorite summer perfume. I’m obsessed.

  • Also, I use this to help plan our meals for the week. It’s so pretty and practical. I like that.

  • I know I’ve shared this before, but if you want your laundry to smell like heaven, wash it in this. It’s a treat for us to purchase this, but I love it when we do!

Okay friends. There you have it! All of my favorite summer things! I hope you're having the sweetest summer with your family. Thank you for showing up here, supporting my family, and journeying along with us all of these years.

You know, you’re my favorite too!

*PS Amazon Affiliate links used. Every purchase you make with these links helps me support my little fam. So thank you.

My Fall Favorites

My Fall Favorites

This time of year normally goes out as fast as it comes in.

But this Fall, I've actually had time to breathe in the spice of my pumpkin coffee and enjoy the twinkle lights on my decorated Fall mantel. I would say we've enjoyed the crisp mornings and flipped the switch several times already to our gas logs, but that would be a story. It's decided to feel like summer here in SC for a few extra months. Literally just pulled out my coat from the closet yesterday. Now that Thanksgiving is almost here, we're all hoping the weather will decide to cooperate.

We've done so much these last few months. We visited the pumpkin patch and the apple orchard both TWICE!

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A Few of My Favorite (Baby) Things...

Both babies are sleeping. There is laundry to do, dishes to wash, and bottles to make. But I have missed you, and while I have the opportunity, let's visit.

We are settling into this life as a family of four. I have braved Hobby Lobby, Chic-Fil-A, and we even went to the Zoo!

I know we we're crazy, but we also went to the beach...with a newborn....AND a toddler....it was fun! Like the kind of fun where you're more tired after vacation than before you went on vacation. But we made sweet memories, and we have several stories to laugh at one day! I DO NOT do well sitting in the house (let me rephrase that... there is NO sitting lately), so getting some fresh beach air, feeling the sand between my toes, and seeing other humans has done my heart such good.

Selah is starting to actually like her brother. She just recently started kissing us and all her toys, so every once in a while, she'll melt my heart and pucker those sweet lips for a kiss to her "baby." When he cries, which is often, she puts her little finger past her nose and says, "Shhh, Shhh, Shhh." She sees me doing this a good bit lately. And my favorite, she sits on my lap when I wear him, and she gets this little squeaky baby voice and says, "Hey baby"....then babbles off in Chinese after that. She gently strokes his back with her sweet brown hand and my heart literally explodes. It makes me wonder if that's what God's heart does when we love others well. It seriously makes me so proud!

I had a request to write about my favorite baby items that I cannot live without. If you follow me on

Instagram

you know that I have been wearing this child 24/7. I have had so many people contact me asking about this wrap, so I thought I'd write about it, and a few other favorite things. I love to read about "favorite things," so here you go...

*Gripe Water

OMG! Both of my kids have/had reflux and tummy issues. This Gripe Water is like magic! For real. After a feeding if he acts uncomfortable I give him half of a teaspoon of this magic potion. I will only buy this brand, because it's organic and I am familiar with every ingredient. I've only been able to find it in Walgreens around here. But it's something we CANNOT live without lately. Beware...it stains really bad, and also turns his tongue a weird brown color. Don't be alarmed. When you're able to sleep a few minutes later, I promise you won't care!

*Starbucks French Roast Coffee

MUST HAVE. It's my favorite. And it fits this post, because babies make you tired. REAL tired. Like wash your hair three times, tired.

*Dr. Brown Products

I told you my babies have had lots of tummy issues. So we use Dr. Brown's bottles. Yes. I know. They have ten million parts. But I really think they help with the gas issue. Also, this little formula pitcher is a life saver. You can make bottles in bulk, and that's nice when time is not on your side.

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Solly Baby Wrap

HOLY COW. This thing has saved my life! This little guy is quite the mama's boy already. He likes to be held and cries when he isn't. This is a problem when I have another baby who is 16 months and still needs me A LOT. So, I wear him, and he is happy and cozy. AND I still have two hands free to pick up sister and hold her too. It's amazing the things you can get done wearing a baby. Also, if you read

this post

, you know I wrote about how bonding with Selah took some time. I knew this could be a possibility, so I was proactive in buying this. I really feel like him hearing my heartbeat all day, smelling my scent, and hearing my voice is teaching him that I'm his mommy and he belongs to me.

I often look down at him and pray that my heart stays that close to my Father's. Where I hear the sound of His voice all day, I can smell His scent, and listen to what makes His heart beat. It's only then, when I am reminded that He's my Daddy and I belong to Him.

This wrap thing looks super complicated. I promise, it's not. She has a great

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that I watched in the middle of the night once, and tried it the next day with no problems. This is the best 60 bucks I've spent in the last 6 months!

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Aden + Anias Blankets

/Summer Swaddle Pods

If you have read BabyWise, you know swaddling is HUGE to get your baby to sleep through the night. Selah was sleeping through the night at 9 weeks, and I really think it had much to do with swaddling. I love the Aden + Anias blankets because they are so breathable and sweet! The Summer Swaddle Pods are great too because they can't come out of them.

*Young Living Gentle Baby Essential Oil

We've been using oils for about six months now and I LOVE them! I think balance is important, but we really try to do things the natural way first. I use them on my whole family, and this little man especially, has benefited lately from Gentle Baby. Remember I make their

lotion

? I've added Gentle Baby, along with Lavender, to their lotion and I can really tell it calms him down. I also diffuse Gentle Baby after every feeding at night and he drifts off to sleep so much easier. If you are interested in oils,

let me know

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So there you go...my favorite baby things. I'd love to hear baby items that you love! What are items you cannot live without?

God is doing so much in my heart. I'm processing through it all and can't wait to share it with you in my next post. Thank you so much for meeting me here.

I'm praying for you, dear one! I'm praying for you as you take care of your babies and serve your family when all you want to do it sleep. I'm praying for you as you are going through infertility treatments, and your calendar runs your days. I'm praying for you as you wait on your baby and constantly work through mounds of paperwork. When you feel these baby things are so far from you. They aren't, friend. He is faithful. He is working. I'm praying for grace while you wait!

All my love,

Jessica